I have two kids and there is one huge difference between them: one goes to bed each and every night on schedule, without fuss and without me. The second needs me to lay with him, comfort him and always gets up to look for me in the middle of the night. I have a good sleeper, and a bad sleeper.
I made one choice with my second child that I didn’t with my first and it still lingers with me five years later. (PS. you’ve gotta check out Make Over Your Mornings.)
How To Get Your Baby Sleeping
With my first brand new baby I was scared to death to put him down anywhere, much less a crib. I rocked him and snuggled him each and every night and loved every second of it for a while. With time, I knew he needed to move into his own bed, establish a sleep routine and become independent of me at nighttime.
I tried moving him to a crib and of course, he cried. And cried. And cried. He would absolutely not go to sleep. I tried every method I could find, stealing a little from here and a little from there trying to put together some sort of plan to help him. Nothing worked. Five years later I have a precious little boy that has a very difficult time falling asleep without the comfort of mom.
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Baby Number 2
When I got pregnant the second time around, all I could think of was that I didn’t want to make the same mistake. I wanted one of those “good sleepers” I kept hearing about. Of course, I wanted tons of snuggle time with my sweet baby but I also knew I needed to do a better job at creating a sleep schedule. It wasn’t just for me, but for her and for my marriage.
I made sure to always put her down after she fell asleep and not keep her in my bed and even though she did wake up through out the night, it was going better than it had with my son. The problem though, was that she was not actually falling asleep without my assistance.
I hadn’t actually got her to sleep any better than my son!
She was five months old and I knew that very soon she would be big enough and strong enough to stand up in the crib and try to climb out. I wanted her sleeping well before she was able to do that.
I was on a mission.
I Found My Solution
After hearing more than once that Moms On Call was the program I should be trying, I gave it a shot. I ordered the online seminar and I made my decision that I would do what they said and stick to the plan. I was committed to giving it my all for at least a few days.
On the first night she cried (of course she cried) but you know what else she did? She went to sleep! Every night she fell asleep a little bit faster and within a week, she was going right down with no argument. (You can read what I had to say about it then, right here.)
The course I used four years ago is no longer available, so if a book is not your cup of tea, and prefer an online course (that’s my favorite, too) then check out Coos to Snooze. This course will get your baby to go to sleep by themselves, stop night wakings and nap more!
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.